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The Priesthood and the Heart of Christ: Son, Brother, Bridegroom


November 10
November 15, 2025
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Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Avenue South
Buffalo, MN 55313 United States
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(763) 682-1394
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As St. John Vianney reminds us, “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.” Priestly identity, the anchor to our priestly activity, relies upon a deep knowledge of the heart of Jesus. Through consideration of three aspects of Christ’s identity – beloved Son of the Father, brother to the disciples, and Divine Bridegroom – we will prayerfully welcome the Holy Spirit to help renew our zeal for the priesthood and the renewal of the Church.

Cost is $900 (Note: King’s House has raised their fees)


Fr. John Burns is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI. Ordained in 2010, he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and adjunct professor of moral theology. In 2019, he completed a doctorate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His doctoral research focuses on the theology of healing through forgiveness.

Fr John Burns
Fr John Burns

Fr. Burns has authored several books, including Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales.

Father Burns works extensively in healing and renewal ministry with communities of women religious and with priests. He is founder of Friends of the Bridegroom, an apostolate dedicated to the renewal of the Church through the renewal of women’s religious life.Sr

Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

Sr Miriam James Heidland
Sr Miriam James Heidland

(SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home, SEEK Conferences, Steubenville Conferences and other outlets.

She holds a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness and healing.

Sr Miriam also serves with Friends of the Bridegroom and the John Paul II Healing Center in the work of the renewal of religious life and the priesthood.

Her podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes. Her books, Behold: A Guided Advent Journal, Restore: A Guided Lent Journal and Loved As I Am can be found on   Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun.


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